By Dave Perkon, Technical Editor Reprinted from Control Design, Jun 27, 2019 https://www.controldesign.com/articles/2019/the-accumulating-case-for-deterministic-control/ What do machine builders, system integrators and manufacturers need to know about time-sensitive networking (TSN)? In simplest terms, it is better Ethernet. What used to be many networks and gateways to meet performance requirements will be deterministic control and information on a […]

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Futura Automation Industry 4.0

By Vincent Rutgers Brand Contributor Deloitte Reprinted from Forbes Magazine, June 24, 2019 When it comes to the fourth industrial revolution, it seems no capability has been touted more than the connected enterprise. For years now, the connected enterprise—where everything from factory floors to retail shelves are digitally linked—has been one of the main objectives […]

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Welcome to the Futura Automation June 2019 Issue of Automation Solutions and Robotics. This month we turn our attention to ISA95 standards, working alongside Industry 4.0 and Pharma 4.0. Making Manual Manufacturing Repeatable and Efficient Tulip with FormLabs CaseStudy American manufacturers in particular desire the benefits of ISA95 cum "Industry 4.0". This is how American [...] Read more
ISA95
What is ISA95 and where did it come from? Though it was launched in 1995, one might say ISA95 is just now coming into its own under the re-branding of Industry 4.0. It has been adopted as ISO / IEC 62264 with latest edition in 2016. ISA95 is a 25 year standard with legs. ANSI/ISA-95, or ISA-95 as [...] Read more
A Timeline History of Robotics     IN THE BEGINNING   Before 1920 In ancient times, the percursors to robots were Automata, the word which was originally an Italian renaissance term for a mechanical device, usually powered by water, windpower or clockwork.  The word Automaton was a plural version and came to mean a self-operating [...] Read more
ATX West Anaheim 2019
Futura Automation at ATX West / MD&M Expo in Anaheim CA on February 5-7 Futura Automation will be exhibiting at the ATX West / MD&M Expo in Anaheim at the Convention Center on February 5-7.  We are in exhibit #4481.  Several of our "Industry 4.0" product lines and services will be on display.  Come see [...] Read more
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Download the Whitepaper 4 Principles of Industry 4.0   From Forbes Magazine, September 17, 2018 by Adi Gaskell:  Industry 4.0 was first proposed in Germany in 2011, and purports to propel us into a new way of thinking about industry.  It contains things such as the smart factory and cyber-physical monitoring systems, and broadly follows [...] Read more